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Sea Shepherd Is At It Again As First Shots Are Fired
By Matt J. Weiss, December 16, 2009 @ 06:15 PM (EST)
Source: Dailytelegraph.com
The Sea Shepherd boat Steve Irwin engaged in a high-powered water cannon battle with a Japanese whaling ship on Monday, starting what will be another heated, and potentially violent,  battle between the Sea Shepherd crew and the Japanese whalers.

The Japanese harpooning vessel, Shonan Maru #2, has apparently been tracking Captain Paul Watson and his team since they left port at Perth.  

Paul Watson has said that he believe the Japanese fleet has upped their security, placing military personal onboard the Shonan Maru #2.  Other changes Captain Watson said they have made are the addition of three more sonic cannons and spikes on the side netting to prevent boarding.

Additionally, Captain Watson claims to have seen the whaling permit that allows for killing 50 humpbacks, despite the new Japanese government  claiming  they would not harm this species.

Count Paul Watson in as one of the people skeptical of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd actually following through on his threat to take action against the Japanese fleet, saying that his party "Just lied to get elected. Japan just laughs at Australia. It's all talk and no action."

Mr. Rudd was recently in Japan but said he had no plans to talk about whaling.

What do you think of the Sea Shepherd tactics? What do you think Mr. Rudd will do about Japanese whaling? Let us know in the comments below



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